A viable vehicle for investors and entrepreneurs.

A panel discussion exploring social impact investing.

An area of growing interest and scale, investors are increasingly seeking viable financial returns combined with meaningful social and environmental outcomes. When present, this powerful combination can make a company more attractive to investors, more resilient in its marketplace, and can add to the company’s ability to attract and retain talent. Desired impacts can take many forms, ranging from providing a channel for fair trade goods produced in economically distressed geographies to solving significant environmental problems or addressing inefficiencies and inequalities in education, healthcare and food. Investors also can be diverse, ranging from family offices to specialty funds, to individuals. The panel discussion will consider how investors and companies have come together to realize desired outcomes for mutual benefit. Doing well and doing good, a viable combination for shared success.


  • Jenny Du, Apeel Sciences
  • Alex Kremer, Patagonia
  • Karla Mora, Alante Capital

This program will be moderated by Jonathan Gartner of Sustainable Change Alliance.

About the Panelists

Jenny Du, Vice President of Operations, Apeel Sciences

Jenny earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Chemistry and her PhD in Chemistry from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON, Canada) where, during her graduate studies, she was awarded an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in recognition of her research work. Following completion of her doctoral degree, she joined the Chemistry Department at UCSB as a postdoctoral researcher where she worked for 2 years prior to joining Apeel Sciences as Employee #2 and the Director of Extraction Engineering. She is now the Vice President of Operations at Apeel Sciences, where she is responsible for leading the company’s efforts in Regulatory Affairs & Compliance, Manufacturing, Quality, Supply Chain, Logistics, IT, Facilities, and EH&S.

Alex Kremer, Corporate Development & Investment Principal, Patagonia

Alex is a Corporate Development & Investment Principal at Patagonia and Tin Shed Ventures, working on Patagonia’s investment, innovation, and other strategic initiatives, including Patagonia’s used gear business, Worn Wear (wornwear.com).  As Patagonia’s corporate investment arm, Tin Shed Ventures invests in responsible startups with innovations that help Patagonia build the best product while causing the least amount of environmental harm by reducing waste, water usage, and energy usage within the supply chain. Prior to Patagonia & Tin Shed Ventures, Alex held various investment roles at Double Bottom Line Partners, Cambridge Associates, Cadent Energy Partners, and DLB Capital.  Alex graduated from Boston College (BA in Math & Economics) and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (MBA).

Karla Mora, Managing Partner, Alante Capital

Karla is the Founder and Managing Partner of Alante Capital, an impact investment fund working to catalyze a more sustainable future for the apparel industry. Alante invests in innovation that empowers circularity to improve production practices, supporting mindful consumption, and recover and recycle apparel waste. The fund was launched with fashion industry veteran, Eileen Fisher.

Prior to Alante, Karla was Investment Director at VilCap Investments, deploying risk capital to early-stage companies solving critical issues in healthcare, energy, education, agriculture, and financial services. Karla was also the Associate Director of Eleos Foundation, which invested in social entrepreneurs pioneering market-based solutions aiming to eradicate extreme poverty.

Prior to her work in impact investing, Karla worked in International Development, with Building Markets in Afghanistan, the World Affairs Council, & the United Nations working on supply chain reform in the coffee sector. Karla holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from the University of Rome in Italy. She is on the Board of Africa Women Rising.


Jonathan Gartner, Chair, Sustainable Change Alliance

Jonathan is currently the Chair of the Sustainable Change Alliance, an impact-oriented angel investing group.  Prior to moving to Santa Barbara, Jonathan spent over thirty years in the financial services industry primarily with ABN Amro Bank and Navis Capital.  First working in client facing roles in the US, Jonathan subsequently moved into COO roles in the investment banking and private equity fields living and working in Europe and Asia for nearly two decades.  Jonathan has also worked in the government, energy and ed-tech sectors in the US and abroad.  Jonathan graduated from Hamilton College (BA) and Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (MBA)


Event Information

When:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: 670 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93105


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  • 5:00 – 6:00 Networking Hour, Online Check-in & Registration for Walk-ins
  • 6:00 – 7:30 Presentation/Panelist Discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Q&A

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